SCHOOL COUNSELING SERVICES
The mission of the Russell County Board of Education's Comprehensive School Guidance and Counseling program is to prepare every student socially, academically and emotionally for present and future challenges. Our comprehensive program addresses the educational, career and personal/social competencies necessary for all students to function and contribute in a changing society.
- Ensures every student access to the school counseling program and guidance program
- Promotes the most challenging and appropriate academic curriculum for each student
- Advocates for students and promotes equitable access to educational opportunities
- Supports active partnerships for student learning and career planning
- Invites and coordinates access to school and community resources
- Provides training and informational workshops
- Provides a workforce with a stronger academic foundation
- Promotes equity and access to the workforce
Guidance Curriculum Focus
- Goal setting
- Peer relationships
- Career awareness
- World of work
- Labor market information
- Educational and career planning
The counselors are responsible for the systematic delivery and evaluation of structured developmental counseling and guidance services to all students. Counselors work with students individually and in small groups to deal with unique or problem-centered concerns.
Intimidation and Bullying
Russell County Board of Education Policy: 6.18 Bullying, Intimidation, Violence, and Threats of Violence
6.18.1 Prohibition - No student shall engage in nor should be subjected to bullying, violence, threats of violence, or intimidation by any other student that is based on any of the specific characteristics set forth in this policy. Students who violate this policy may be subject to appropriate disciplinary sanctions as specified in the Student Code of Conduct, subject to the investigating school administrator's authority and decision.
In an effort to minimize antisocial behaviors in the school environment, the RCBOE has created a process whereby a student, parent, guardian, or bystander may report instances of bullying to the school administrator for further review and investigation. Upon completion of this reporting form, please submit the form to an administrator, counselor, or teacher. All reported incidents of bullying may be investigated, and when necessary, school administrators apply appropriate disciplinary consequences. Please see the link below for the Bullying Incident Report Form.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
The District has counselors at both the elementary and secondary levels that have received training in Youth Mental Health First Aid. This course teaches how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) that is experiencing a mental health/addiction challenge or is in crisis. It introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
East Alabama Mental Health
The District has partnered with East Alabama Mental Health to provide school based mental health services. They work to assist individuals with a serious emotional disturbance or developmental delay, serious mental illness, intellectual disability, and/or substance abuse problem in achieving their unique personal outcomes. The request for these services is made with the Referral for School Based-Mental Health Services form and a signed Bi-Lateral Release Agreement from the parent or guardian. Please see the links below for these forms.
Child Advocacy Center
Our District receives services from the Child Advocacy Center. Their multi-disciplinary approach treats abused children, youth and their families, as well as supports their recovery and seeks to stop the cycle of abuse. They visit classes within the District and provide information to students on how to report child abuse/neglect and how to stay safe on social media.